December 11, 2015

Fabulous Friday Flavour: Home-made Hot Chilli Sauce

Fancy making some home-made hot chilli sauce from scratch? If yes, look no further because this week, I’m sharing my tried and tested recipe with you.

It’s fuss-free and easy to make. All you need is lots and lots of dried chillies and let it simmer in a pot for a couple of hours. It’s always tricky with dried chillies as it is hard to gauge their spiciness. Usually, the only way I gauge if my sauce is going to turn out to be VERY spicy is when my throat gets irritated the moment I start cutting the chillies and soak them in hot water. Then I know I’ll have a mean batch to deal with.

To counter the spiciness, use both lemon juice and sugar. That’s all you need really. From then on, you’ll have to adjust and play it by ear; in this case, tongue and add in more water while simmering it under low fire.

Use this for dipping deep fried food. It’s great!

Home-made Hot Chilli Sauce
Fiery hot and sweet chilli sauce for dipping!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 5 min
  1. 15-25 pieces dried chillies
  2. 1/2 lime
  3. 3-5 tbsp brown sugar (adjust sweetness to your liking)
  4. 1 tbsp olive oil
  5. salt to taste
  1. Cut up the dried chillies to remove the seeds and soak in hot water for about 10 minutes. Drain
  2. Blend the chillies with some water so that it'll blend up easily
  3. Heat up a deep pan with 1 teaspoonful of oil. When the pan is hot enough, add in the blended chillies
  4. Stir occasionally to prevent the chillies from drying out or burnt. Let it simmer for at least half an hour
  5. Add some water if it becomes too dry
  6. Squeeze lime juice and add into the liquid.
  7. Occasionally stir until the chilli gives out a very deep red colour
  8. Add sugar and salt to taste. Mix well.
  9. Add more sugar if you prefer it to be sweeter to tone down the spiciness of the chillies
  10. Feel free to add more water to adjust thin the sauce to your preference
  11. Let it simmer and turn off the heat when it's ready
  12. Transfer to a container when cooled
  1. The longer you cook, the less spicy it becomes and adding lemon will help reduce the spiciness as well. This sauce can be kept in the fridge for at least 2 weeks.
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